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Writing Wendl - attrition...

Status report on the current novel project, Wendl the Fallen : At around 60,000 words, I've killed off a couple of characters, which is usually an early sign that the story is finding me. The target is a rough draft of about 100,000 words in twelve chapters, which will trim down in re-write and editing to something like 70,000 words in ten chapters. I've never written a novel this dark before - or this funny. To be honest, I'm not at all sure I'll ever be able to finish it. Meanwhile, The Winged Child will be out in February. That is my best one so far.   Henry's books . If you would like to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .  

The Winged Child - Excerpt: Part One, chapter 3

 In this third chapter of the Winged Child, our intrepid protagonist, Millicent McTeer, lands her first summer job.


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  1. I've really enjoyed these excerpts, Henry. I can hear that distinct voice as I read your works. Your stories are great, and I think you could write on any subject and make it interesting. interesting. Whether spoken or on the page, it is that author's voice that draws me into a story. Thanks.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed reading, Josh, for I mightily enjoy writing about Millicent McTeer and her parents, who have traveled with me through three novels now. Speaking of novels, when will we see one by Josh Lanier? I know you have the stories in you. By the way, you've probably noticed that Millicent's father is also named Josh, and is also a writer. That's just a coincidence, of course.

    2. You know, I have had a few visitors lately. Once and a while these old aquaintences will darken my door, unannounced, just to catch me up on what's been going on in their life, or tell me some gossip they've been sitting on for too long. I often see a face in the crowd that I know, but can't quite put a finger on where I've met them before.
      I've got puzzle pieces everywhere. Bits of overheard conversations, short vignettes, vivid word-pictures. All waiting for me to fit them together. I have it to do. There comes a point when you can't not write. I don't think I can put it off much longer.
      Thanks, Henry.

    3. Josh, the only thing I know harder than writing is not writing. Tomorrow is always tomorrow.


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